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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Background

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Reservations (Dead Files)

Correspondence

Sales Files

Rending File

Miscellaneous

Newspaper Clipping Folios and Miscellaneous Memorabilia

Photographs

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Baker Hotel Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Baker Hotel
Title: Baker Hotel
Dates: 1959-1979
Accession No.: MA79.5
Quantity: 29 boxes
Language: The records are in english.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Background

The Baker Hotel stood on the southeast corner of Commerce and Akard Streets in the heart of downtown Dallas; previously the Oriental Hotel. Both grand buildings met the same fate; to be torn down and forgotten. Although the Baker Hotel remains in the memories of those who enjoyed the rooms, the Peacock Terrace Ballroom, luncheons and other events, the building itself is gone.

T. B. Baker, head of the Baker Hotel Company, built the hotel in 1925. Opening night, October 25, 1925, was marked by a Gala dinner dance. According to a Dallas Morning News report, the keys to the building were officially thrownaway at 6:00 Saturday morning, "thus will be symbolized the fact that the portals of the building from hence forward are never to be closed day or right." The opening was also the 30th anniversary of the opening of the old Oriental which has been torn down and the Baker built on the same site.

The Baker was the home of WFAA radio, the Peacock Terrace, Crystal Ballroom, and the place to play on Texas-OU weekends. Its ballrooms were used for debutantes, movie stars, and society members. The Peacock Terrace Ballroom opened in 1925, and the big name swing bands of the 20s and 30s played for Dallasites. The Idlewild Ball for Debutantes was held annually in the Crystal Ballroom. The Petroleum Club met at the Baker. The Mural Room was the main luncheon site for many. The brownstone building catered to Its patrons with style and luxury for 54 years.

During that time the building sustained several mishaps. On June 21, 1946, an explosion ripped through the basement, injuring 3B, 9 died, later reports say 11 died. A fire in 1971 destroyed upper floors. Each time the building was remodeled and always remained elegant. Only age and new ownership finally ended the style of the Baker.

The Bakers owned the hotel until 1949 when it was sold to Dallas Rupe & Sons, investment bankers. The new management retained the Baker style. In 1970 the building was sold again to Clemgil Reality. After the fire of 1971 the building was remodeled fn 1972. Seven years later the area was included In a block purchase by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. The new owners decided the 600-700 room hotel could not be economically converted for their needs. A sale of interior goods from chandeliers to doorknobs took place in September 1979.

The Baker Hotel was imploded June 1980. In seconds the grand hotel was in ruins. The site was cleared and In Its place a modern skyscraper known as Bell Plaza stands. The dancing ceased, the party was over.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the sales files for the last twenty years of the Baker Hotel's existence. These files are a good source for conventions, room reservations, and social activities. The files are aranged alphabetically and chronologically within each letter by the name of the person or group involved. A few miscellaneous items such as menus, letters, newsclippings, and stationary are also included. A box of photographs also illustrate the inside and outside of the building. The photos include the lobby, dinner hall, meeting rooms, and ballrooms.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Baker Hotel
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Titles:
Baker Hotel Collection

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Processed by John Geers Edited by Cindy C. Smolovik, Archivist

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Reservations (Dead Files)

Box Folder
1 1 Miscellaneous Reservations File 1963-1975
2 Reservations "A" 1964-1965
3 Reservations "A" 1962-1975
4 Reservations "A" 1962-1975
5 Reservations "A" 1962-1975
6 Reservations "A" 1962-1970
7 Reservations "A" 1962-1970
8 Reservations "B" 1960-1970
9 Reservations "C" 1960-1974
10 Reservations "C" 1960-1974
11 Reservations "C" 1960-1974
Box Folder
2 1 Reservations "C" 1959-1974
2 Reservations "C" 1959-1974
3 Reservations "D" 1959-1974
4 Reservations "E" 1959-1974
5 Reservations "F" 1959-1974
6 Reservations "G" & "H" 1959-1974
7 Reservations "I" 1959-1974
8 Reservations "K" & "L" 1959-1974
9 Reservations "M" 1959-1974
10 Reservations "M" 1959-1974
11 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
12 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
13 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
14 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
15 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
Box Folder
3 1 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
2 Reservations "N" 1959-1974
3 Reservations "N-O" 1959-1974
4 Reservations "O" 1959-1974
5 Reservations "P" & "Q" 1959-1974
6 Reservations "Q" & "R" 1959-1974
7 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
8 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
9 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
10 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
11 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
12 Reservations "S" 1959-1974
Box Folder
4 1 Reservations "T" 1964-1978
2 Reservations "T" 1968-1973
3 Reservations "T" 1968-1973
4 Reservations "T" 1968-1973
5 Reservations "T" 1968-1973
6 Reservations "U" 1966-1975
7 Reservations "U" 1970-1975
8 Reservations "U" 1966-1975
9 Reservations "V" 1962-1975
10 Reservations "W", "X", "Y", & "Z" 1957-1967
11 Jim Anderson - Personal 1964-1967
12 Sales Reports 1965
13 Weekly Sales Reports 1969-1972

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Correspondence

Box Folder
5 1 Control Book Sheets (Calendar) 1970-1975
2 Reservations - Correspondence "A" to "D" 1962-1970
3 Reservations - Correspondence "D" 1960-1965
4 Reservations - Correspondence "E" 1960-1971
5 Reservations - Correspondence "G" & "H" 1960-1971
6 Reservations - Correspondence "K" to "N" 1960-1971
7 Reservations - Correspondence "P" to "R" 1960-1971
8 Reservations - Correspondence "S" 1960-1971
9 Reservations - Correspondence "T" & "U" 1960-1971
10 Reservations - Correspondence "V" to "Z" 1960-1971

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Sales Files

Box Folder
5 11 Sales Files "A" 1973-1978
12 Sales Files "A" 1965-1978
13 Sales Files "A" 1962-1978
14 Sales Files "A" 1962-1978
Box Folder
6 1 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
12 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
Box Folder
7 1 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
Box Folder
8 1 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "A" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "B" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "B" 1960-1979
Box Folder
9 1 Sales Files "B" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "C" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
Box Folder
9A 1 Sales Files "C" 1959-1979
2 Sales Files "C" 1959-1979
3 Sales Files "C" 1959-1979
4 Sales Files "C" 1959-1979
5 Sales Files "B" 1959-1979
6 Sales Files "D" 1959-1979
Box Folder
10 1 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "D" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "E" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "E" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "F" 1960-1979
Box Folder
11 1 Sales Files "G" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "G" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "G" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "G" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "H" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
12 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
Box Folder
12 1 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "I" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "J" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "K" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "K" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "L" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "L" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "L" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "M" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "M" 1960-1979
12 Sales Files "M" 1960-1979
13 Sales Files "M" 1960-1979
Box Folder
13 1 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
Box Folder
14 1 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
11 Sales Files "N" 1960-1979
Box Folder
15 1 Sales Files "N" (misc. A-L) 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "N" (misc. M-Z) 1960-1979
3 Sales Files - National "A-C" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files - National "D-R" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files - National "S-Z" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "O" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "O" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "P" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "P" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "P" 1960-1979
Box Folder
16 1 Sales Files "Q" & "R" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "R" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
Box Folder
17 1 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "S" 1960-1979
Box Folder
18 1 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
10 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
Box Folder
19 1 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
Box Folder
20 1 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
2 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
3 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
4 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
5 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
6 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
7 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
8 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
9 Sales Files "T" 1960-1979
Box Folder
21 1 Sales Files "T" 1959-1979
2 Sales Files "T" 1959-1979
3 Sales Files "T" 1959-1979
4 Sales Files "T" (misc.) 1959-1979
5 Sales Files "T" (misc.) 1959-1979
6 Sales Files "T" (misc.) 1959-1979
7 Sales Files "U" 1959-1979
8 Sales Files "U" 1959-1979
9 Sales Files "U" 1959-1979
10 Sales Files "U" 1959-1979
Box Folder
22 1 Sales Files "U" 1959-1979
2 Sales Files "U" (misc.) 1959-1979
3 Sales Files "V" 1959-1979
4 Sales Files "V" 1959-1979
5 Sales Files "V" & "W" 1959-1979
6 Sales Files "W" 1959-1979
7 Sales Files "Y" 1959-1979
8 Mr. Craighead, Call Reports 1959-1979
9 Future Prospects 1959-1979

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Rending File

Box Folder
23 1 Rending File - Bee Smith 1974-1975
2 Rending File - Bee Smith 1975-1976
3 Rending File - Bee Smith 1977-1978
4 Rending File - Jim Anderson 1974
5 Rending File - Jim Anderson 1975
6 Rending File - Jim Anderson 1976
7 Rending File - Jim Anderson 1977
Box Folder
24 1 Rending File - Jack Richardson 1976-1977
2 Rending File - Ann Knowles 1978
3 Rending File - Jim Anderson 1978

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Miscellaneous

Box Folder
24 4 Convention Calendar 1976-1985
5 Daily Night Auditors Report 1976
6 Daily Night Auditors Report 1977
7 Daily Night Auditors Report 1977
8 Hotel Sales Management Association 1975-1978
9 Hotel Sales Management Association - Texas Chapter 1970-1972
10 Weekly Sales Reports - Interoffice Memos 1978
Box Folder
25 1 4-H Foundation 1973
2 Weekly Sales Reports 1972-1974
3 Lonnie Witte Memos 1972-1977
4 Weekly Sales Reports 1975-1979
5 Room Reservation Forecast 1978-1979
6 Christmas List 1978
7 Night Auditors Daily Report 1978
8 Night Auditors Daily Report 1978
9 Night Auditors Daily Report 1979
10 Inter-Company Correspondence 1959-1979
11 Sales Personnel Applications 1973
12 House Bills, Legislature 1975
13 Texas Society of Association Executives 1973-1978
14 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1973-1977
15 Sales Files "A" 1959-1979
16 Sales Files "A" 1959-1979
17 Sales Files "B" 1959-1979
18 Sales Files "D" 1959-1979
Box Folder
26 1 Sales Files "D" 1959-1979
2 Sales Files "D" 1959-1979
3 Sales Files "D" 1959-1979
4 HSMA Bulletin
5 Booklets - Pamphlets
6 Room Reservation Forecast 1972-1975
7 Room Commitment Folder
Box Folder
27 1 Personal Letters - Jim Anderson 1968-1978
2 Daily Room Count 1975-1976
3 Hotel Sales Management Association 1970-1977
4 Bound Menus - Coffe Shop and Mural Room 1945

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Newspaper Clipping Folios and Miscellaneous Memorabilia

Box Folder
28 Newspaper Clipping Folios and Miscellaneous Memorabilia
1 Advertising Copy
The contents of this folder were not donated as a part of the Baker Hotel Collection. They were given to the Dallas Public Library's Texas/History Division by SMU's DeGolyer Library. They were originally separated from a scrapbook donated to the Rosenberg Library in Galveston.

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Photographs

Box Folder
29 Photographs

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